Men's prestige headdress of plaited raffia, decorated with cowrie shells.
February 20, 2004, sold by Pace Gallery, New York, to a private collector; 2011, consigned by this private collector to Andres Moraga Textile Art, Berkeley, CA; 2011, sold by Andres Moraga to the MFA. (Accession date: September 21, 2011)
Marshall H. Gould Fund
African, Ndengese peoples, late 19th century
Democratic Republic of Congo
Length x width x height: 16.5 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm (6 1/2 x 8 x 7 in.) Black metal stand: 12.7 x 12.7 cm (5 x 5 in.)
Medium or Technique
Raffia, cowrie shells, traces of pigment